Well, really he’s a relative of the modern-day daddy longlegs. But what matters is that you can see his massive erection preserved forever in amber.

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This story comes via those scamps at the National Geographic:

After a months-long puberty, the male harvestman Halitherses grimaldii had finally blossomed into full manhood, sporting a penis that grew to nearly half of his body length when erect.

We know about this H. grimaldii’s particular package because, as announced last Thursday in The Science of Nature, he died fully aroused, his tree-side tryst interrupted by oozing resin that entombed his body in what’s now a lump of amber.

They called American Museum of Natural History’s Ron Clouse for his two cents. “It must have been in an amorous state to have it out like this,” he said, adding: “This poor animal.”

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Click through for a glimpse at this 99-million-year-old dead arachnid boner.


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